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Likee pulls app from Play Store, App Store, says user privacy is its utmost priority

Likee's statement comes shortly after the government banned 59 mobile apps in the country for posing a threat to the sovereignty, defence and public order in the country.

Like is owned by Singapore-based BIGO Technology,
Like is owned by Singapore-based BIGO Technology, (Likee)

Likee on Thursday responded to the government’s interim ban on the short video-sharing platform and 58 other apps. The company said that it has temporarily taken off its app from the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. It has also suspended its services in India.

“We respect the Indian government's order and have temporarily taken off Likee from Google Play and App Store, and have suspended service in India until there is further clarity provided on this matter. To obey the government instruction, our R&D team worked around the clock to ensure the service shutdown,” the company said in a statement.

Likee also said that the privacy of its users was of utmost importance to the company and that it was working closely with the Indian government to comply with the local legal framework.

“Likee is under the Singapore-based BIGO Technology and we hold utmost priority to the compliance of all local laws as well as the privacy and data security of all our users. We will be working closely with the Indian government under the local legal framework," the company added.

Notably, the statement comes shortly after the Indian government banned 59 mobile apps in the country for posing a threat to the sovereignty, defence and public order in the country. The list of apps banned by the government also includes TikTok, UC Browser, Clash of Titans, Helo, WeChat and Club Factory among others.